The importance of taking cod liver oil for your best health cannot be underestimated. In Dr. Weston A. Price’s book Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, a study of school girls in New Zealand found a daily supplement of high vitamin cod liver oil each day reduced cavities by nearly 42%.
In the following video, I will show you the best brand on the market today for cod liver oil as well as how much to take based on the research of Dr. Weston A. Price and the Weston A. Price Foundation.
The proper dosage of cod liver oil is 1 tsp (5 ml) per day and depending on the size of the spoons in your kitchen, you may or may not be taking the right dose.
The size of spoons varies quite a bit around the world, so be sure to measure the spoon you are using to take your cod liver oil as sometimes what people think is a full teaspoon is actually only a half!
Remember to always take your cod liver oil with high vitamin butter oil. If this supplement is not available where you live, you may substitute (homemade) grassfed ghee instead. For those with dairy allergies, use emu oil.
Another dairy-free option is a natural K2 supplement derived from natto.
Taking these healthy fats together synergistically boosts the absorption of nutrients as noted in the detailed research of Dr. Weston Price.
Cod Liver Oil Basics
The video below shows you the basics of taking cod liver oil. If you are interested in cod liver oil for babies, the linked article provides more information.
If gagging is an issue with strong tasting foods like cod liver oil, this article plus video on how to stop the gag reflex for about 20-30 seconds with a simple acupressure technique may prove helpful.
Wondering what brands are best? I personally take this brand of virgin cod liver oil, which is sourced from some of the cleanest waters on earth. Note that my currently preferred brand differs from the recommendation in the video, which was filmed some years ago. The suggested manner of taking it and the reasons why remain the same, however.
Note that cod liver oil is a better choice than both krill oil and plain fish oil. This is because CLO contains natural fat-soluble vitamins as well as important omega-3 fatty acids.
so is there anywhere we can find out the best dosage to take of CLO? Vit A – 1460 IU, Vit D – 160 IU and Vit E – 1 IU in 4 capsules which is the recommended dosage of the brand we take. Would this be enough? I do see many others asking about the correct dosage to take and there is never an answer, is it because you are not allowed because you could get into legal trouble? Just wondering because so many have asked and no answer given. I do understand if this is the reason why. Thanks for everything you do Sarah,
Sarah Pope MGA
Dr. Tom Cowan MD told me once no more than 1 tsp per day.
Ruth Margaret Haberkorn
Hi, so I am pregnant and I cannot afford cod liver oil. At the moment I am getting vitamin D from the sun and vitamin A from liver. If I eat 2 to 3 servings of organ meats a week with anchovies 3 times a week with good fats would this make up for not having the cod liver oil?
Sarah Pope MGA
According to the pregnancy dietary guidelines from the Weston Price Foundation, yes that would be fine.
Hi sarah, I have a 6 months old baby boy. I have been exclusively BF him until recently that I am not able to produce enough for what he can drink. So I decide to supplement him. I saw your raw milk based formula but I cannot afford all the ingredients together in the mean time; although I am a big fan of raw milk because I grew up with it and still buy it for my family. I saw that you also have a recipe for fortified commercial organic formula with egg yolk and FCLO. I bought nature’s one organic baby dairy formula yesterday and egg from my mom’s farm 🙂 but I couldn’t find the liquid form of blue ice FCLO at where I live other than the capsule form. So the question is how much can I use for making this formula for my baby if I only make 17.5 oz since I only use this for supplementing? I know that you probably will not ever recommend this recipe but I am desperate and don’t want to give him straight up commercial formula. Im just waiting for him to be 9 months old and switch him to raw milk completely on top of my breast milk like I did with my daughter. THank you so much for your time and your knowledge!!!!